By R.L. Bynum BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Playing with fire by giving up a big first-half deficit for the third consecutive game, No. 6 North Carolina finally got burned by No. 5 Indiana’s red-hot shooting. With the Hoosiers making 68.8% of their 3-point attempts in the first three quarters, they shot down any hope of another…
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — After three consecutive losses and continued struggles to find the offensive rhythm that carried Carolina to the Final Four last season, senior center Armando Bacot knows something has to change. “We’re back to square one now. I guess our choice now is to fight,” said Bacot after battling through right ankle, right shoulder, collarbone and foul-trouble issues to contribute 12 points and 10 rebounds in No. 18 North Carolina’s 77–65 loss to No. 10 Wednesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in an electric environment at Assembly Hall.
Tar Heels in pros: Anthony looks good in return; Barnes hits 22 in Kings romp; Brooks has big G League game; Little hurt
In only his fifth game of the season, Cole Anthony felt good just to be playing after missing the previous 16 games with a right oblique tear. The result wasn’t what Orlando wanted, a 125–108 home loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night. Still, it was helpful for the Magic to have not only Anthony but 11 other available players after only nine were available in Monday’s road loss to Brooklyn.
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R.L. Bynum spent 27 years in the newspaper industry in both sports and news and has covered UNC athletics for various websites, including Raleigh & Company, Triangle Sports Network and Carolina Blue.
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